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State troopers and police officers blocking the intersection of High and State streets. Police vehicles took over the center turning lane for nearly two blocks of High Street between Broad and Town Streets on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Last summer, as protesters demanding racial justice flooded Columbus streets, a meme began passing around social media, depicting the city budget as a bar graph with police spending dwarfing every other expenditure. 

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

Interim Columbus Police chief Michael Woods is moving some of his detectives after a particularly violent weekend. The department responded to more than a dozen shootings in the last few days.

Columbus Police cruiser vehicle
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

With just two days left, Columbus has seen 173 homicides in 2020. Columbus Police Deputy Chief Michael Woods says this is the most homicides the city has seen in a single year.